High School Football
State Playoff Recaps, 2015
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McDevitt 51, Jenkintown 7: Jaron Macon amassed 164 yards and three TDs on four receptions while Vincent DiLeo added three rushing TDs (82 yards) and three snags for 62. Junior QB Max Bryson, returning from injury, was able to complete all three of his passing attempts for 68 yards and a score. His yardage total was upped to 2,441, enabling him to claim the Lancers' acknowledged school record. Dan Taylor (Class of '88) had 2,379.
McDevitt 21, Delco Christian 9: The Lancers scored on three of their first four possessions en route to a 21-3 halftime lead. Runs by Max Bryson and Dontae Mason (12-101 rushing, 4-8/70 passing) preceded a 13-yard pass from Mason to Jaron Macon. Vincent DiLeo carried nine times for 85 yards. McDevitt caught an early-third-quarter break when a DC fumble at the 1 resulted in a touchback. Ira Bond picked off a pass.
At Northwest Super Site
McDevitt 35, Marian Catholic 19: Dontae Mason totaled 222 yards on three TDs, starting the scoring with a 55-yard reception and providing sensational third quarter entertainment with kickoff returns for 86 and 87. He also made eight tackles. Max Bryson passed 6-for-15 for 142 yards and two TDs (Jayvonne Campfield caught the other) while Jaron Macon capped the scoring with a 25-yard pick six.
At Pleasant Valley, Brodheadsville
Old Forge 51, McDevitt 7: The Lancers were hanging around at 13-7 beyond the midway point of the first quarter, but then were thumped. OF's Cooper Califano rushed 28 times for 262 yards and six TDs. McDevitt scored on Max Bryson's pass to Jaron Macon.
West Catholic 55, New Hope-Solebury 14: Craig Jones provided the highlight by racing 90 yards with an interception for his seventh return TD of the season (also three apiece with punts-kickoffs). He also motored for a 31-yard TD on his lone rush and kicked three PAT. Joshua Evans passed 6-for-13 for 148 yards and a score to Jameer Bryson while backup Josh Holsopple hit Ahmad Kent for a 71-yard TD. Counting conversions, nine Burrs tallied. Justin Bryant made nine tackles.
At Northern Lehigh, Slatington
West Catholic 28, Dunmore 10: The Burrs advanced to a semifinal for the fifth time in eight seasons as QB Joshua Evans (7-75 rushing, one; 7-for-12, 99, one) and rusher Calil Wortham (14-82) were part of two TDs apiece. Craig Jones mixed an interception with 11 tackles, frosh Tre Johnson made 12 stops, Amir Postley added nine and Joshua Ingersoll was right behind with eight. Jameer Bryson and Rovny Da’Silva pounced on fumbles.
At Northern Lehigh, Slatington
Southern Columbia 34, West Catholic 19: Craig Jones opened the proceedings by running back the kickoff 88 yards for his eighth return TD of the season (four kickoffs, three punts, one interception) and Joshua Evans passed 19-for-30 for 282 yards and two TDs to Amadou Barry (6-113). Alas, the Burrs killed their chances with seven turnovers and surrendered the final 20 points of the game. Jones also made 11 tackles, as did Tymir Oliver, and turned four catches into 62 yards. Dajone Everett (10 stops) and Amir Postley (eight) also starred on defense. Evans finished the season with 2,786 passing yards, the No. 2 total in city history. Franklin's Kevin Caldwell posted 3,051 in 2014. Four Burrs suffered concussions.
Imhotep 46, Academy Park 16: Mike Waters turned 14 carries into 164 yards and three TDs (long of 40) while Nasir Boykin passed 7-for-14 for 117 yards and a 48-yard tally to Nasir Lewis. AP had not surrendered more than 19 points all season (in Week One). Shaka Toney (two for losses) and Amin Black halved 14 tackles while Jordan McCray and Ade Roundtree recovered fumbles.
At Bethlehem Liberty
Imhotep 72, Saucon Valley 27: Aamir Brown returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown . . . and the fun wasn't close to being over. The Panthers owned 60 points by halftime and Mike Waters had half of 'em. He rushed 15 times for 220 yards and four TDs (longs of 76 and 53) and added a fifth on a 48-yard pass from Nasir Boykin, who also ran for two scores. Waters' production allowed him to claim the city record for rushing TDs in one season (at 39) and tie the mark for overall TDs (at 42). In 2014, Wood's Jarrett McClenton rang up 37 and 42. West Catholic's Rob Hollomon had 42 in 2008. The loss was SV's first.
At Hersheypark Stadium
Imhotep 40, Erie Cathedral Prep 3: Mike Waters completed an amazing season for himself and his team by rushing 16 times for 201 yards and three TDs. The effort gave him the city records for rushing (42) and total scores (45) and the Panthers claimed the city mark for all-time best record (15-0) while becoming the Public League's first state football kingpin. Waters' tallies covered 62, 23 and 53 yards. Nasir Boykin passed 5-for-10 for 131 yards and one TD to Aamir Brown. Brown also posted a rushing score and missed out on a 104-yard interception return because of a penalty. He had two picks total. Coach Albie Crosby's Panthers surrendered the first points of the game, on a 30-yard field goal, before imposing their will. They finished the season with a 702-104 scoring advantage.
Parkland 16, La Salle 13 (OT): A 15-yard pass from Chris Ferguson to Charles Headen, on fourth and six, set up Matt Savage's 26-yard field goal with 4:56 left in regulation. With big help from two penalties (interference, sideline-decorum violation) that were called after a fourth-down incompletion -- the ball advanced from the 30 to the 7 1/2 -- Parkland kicked a 20-yarder at 0:40. Savage likewise hit from 20 on the first OT possession. Parkland won it with a 4-yard run on second down. Ferguson finished 12-for-25 for 169 yards and a TD to Nick Rinella (5-75). Rinella and Jared Walls posted pilfers.